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Santa Isabel (Puerto Rico)

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by Thanh-Tâm Le, 12 January 1999

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This city of 20,013 inhabitants was founded on October 5, 1842 (others say 1776) The text says nothing special about the flag, except that it can be decorated with sugar cane stalks [???], although this is not compulsory.
Thanh-Tâm Le, 12 January 1999

Alternate Flag

by Blas Delgado

The flag of Santa Isabel can also be flown showing a U-shape wreath made of two sugar cane leaves in the center of the middle stripe.
Blas Delgado

Wrong Reported Flag

Wrong flag according to the image at Lexjuris site
by Thanh-Tâm Le, 12 January 1999

The image at Lexjuris site changes the order of colours mentioned in the text.
Thanh-Tâm Le, 12 January 1999

The white-yellow-red is the right one according to site (defunct).
Dov Gutterman, 6 Febuary 2000

Coat of Arms

by Nelson Román, 29 July 2004

The enamels or colors of the shield and the figures, allude to the name of the town at the time of its foundation, its Patron Saint and the supreme authorities, under which government the Municipality of Santa Isabel was founded. Santa Isabel is symbolized by the latin "I" and its crown of medieval type. The red and silver colors, that are the old colors of Hungary, represent the purity and charity; virtues that shone more in the infuriate princess, Duchess of Turingia, by their marriage and example of sovereign. The Apostle Santiago is symbolized by scallop shells, also denominated in heraldic with the Christian names of shells of Santiago or shells of Pilgrims, because they were emblem of romeos, peregrinations and sanctuaries in the Middle Age. In Spain, they got to identify themselves as much as with the famous peregrinations to Compostela, that became standard of this Apostle. The shells recall, in addition, that the territory of Santa Isabel is rich in archaeological deposits of the Taíno Indians, pre-columbian inhabitants of Puerto Rico. These deposits, generally, are denominated "concheros", due to the abundance of shells and snails. In addition, it recalls that the sea that bathes the coast of Santa Isabel, these shells were collected in abundance. The colors red and gold of the shield and the crown, represent the Spanish origins of the founders of Santa Isabel, and that the town depended on Villa of San Blas de Coamo, whose Coat of Arms has as dominant colors gold and red. The crown is standard of the towns and municipalities. The sugar cane stems that surround the shield, allude to the main agricultural product of Santa Isabel and to elements characteristic of its landscape.
Nelson Román, 29 July 2004